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Thank you, BKWERM. I am exploring more of the site daily. There sure is a wealth of information here!
Thank you, Linda, for the welcome and suggestions on portion control for hospital foods. I will check out the Spark team for chair exercising. I have found the fitness videos for seated exercise and have done two of them so far. It feels good to be making efforts toward living healthy!
Edited by: KR2013 at: 6/8/2013 (13:15)
to the team! Sorry for the late response. You sound like you've been through a lot but haven't let it get you down so BRAVO to you!
I agree with what the others have said about this team and Linda gave you some good advice about the chair exercising team here on SP.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask on the team page or if you're not comfortable with that, you can always SparkMail one of the team leaders.
Joanna from Dundas, Ontario
BLC20-25 - Amber Amazon Warriors
Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
Co-Leader of Living With Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease (RAD)
Happy and healthy people have a better chance to live with confidence and contribute value to the world than anyone else. Don't take that for granted. ~ James Clear ~
Wow! You do a lot for someone confined to a wheelchair, that is fantastic! If you are wondering about chair exercising there is a whole Spark team devoted to it! Also some videos on site as well. The one thing about hospital food, its built in portion control -they sure don't give you a whole lot :P I am assuming you get to order from menus like they do here, so you have some control over what you get, but not a lot of choice. If its something not particularly healthy, just order a half portion. Something good, like fresh fruit, order extra. I have had some 35 surgeries, not all related to the RA, but have been dealing with RA since age 6 1/2 so have a lot of experience with it. I have five artificial joints at the present time. If you have any questions, just ask. I am really busy and type with only two usable fingers, but I will respond eventually. Check out the daily chatter to get regular feedback and support. They truly are a great bunch of women here!
Wishing you all the best
Never Give Up! When one door closes, I simply kick down another one!!
Stand Tall, Walk Proud-Dani W, Fitness Instructor
You CAN do it!
Thank you all for the warm welcome.
Angritter, sorry to have disappointed you. haha
A little about me: I enjoy shopping, fishing, gardening (potted plants and veggies), cooking/baking, singing at church, making jewelry and spending time with family.
I was diagnosed with RAD in 1993 and have been using a wheelchair full-time for about 18 years. To date, I have had ten surgeries to correct the damage the RAD has done to my joints. Unfortunately, my bones were too soft at the time the majority of the surgeries were done, so few of them were beneficial. My last surgery was a total hip replacement (left) about 12 years ago. By the end of this month, I am hoping to be on my way to recovery from having my right hip replaced as well.
Losing weight and getting healthy will help me in many aspects. I am hoping to get some pointers on how to maintain my calorie intake (hospital and rehab food) after having my hip replaced. Any suggestions are welcome!
Edited by: KR2013 at: 6/7/2013 (14:39)
Welcome KR2013! WE are happy to have you! (I thought for a few minutes that you were my aunt Kathy, who I have been wanting to get on the site for quite some time. But I am happy you are who you are!)
Now tell us about yourself!
Angela, Sparking since 6/18/2012
*Keep moving forward! Ask for Peace, Believe in Love, & Give Understanding!
Living with RAD Team Co-leader www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
Hi and Welcome to the greatest RAD forum!
You'll get a lot of support and information here. I've not been here very long, but I sure do like it! This place is very supportive and positive minded!
Never, never give up!
“Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense” Winston Churchill
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
"Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your word
You've come to the right place - this group has been a treasure of knowledge and experience.
We're glad you're here -
It's a great day to be alive!
"I can do all things through Jesus Christ, who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
KR2013! You certainly have the right idea! Happy to have you here on this team!
Wishing you a blessed journey in your weight loss and good health!
One pound at a time ...
I am looking forward to making changes in my health and overall well-being. Knowing you all struggle with similar issues due to RA and reading about your triumphs (as well as my own!) will be helpful in my journey to getting healthy. Today is the beginning and I will be a success story!